The revelation of nick Bostrom on the simulation hypothesis of our reality

In 2003 Nick Bostrom, the future Professor and Director of the Institute for the future of humanity at Oxford University, and at that time a philosopher from Yale University shocked the scientific community with his work “And do we not live in a computer simulation?”, philosophical research in the next a severe negative impact on the modern perception of the world picture, in which the question was raised about whether our reality be a very complex computer model. If you watched the movie trilogy “the Matrix”, then the basic concept of this idea you will be familiar.

The film is about a computer hacker who joins a rebellion against the possession of the world of machines with artificial intelligence and holding in a computer simulated reality (the same “the Matrix”) all of humanity, which does not even suspect that their bodies are used for cars as a kind of biochemical batteries.

In one of his last interviews, which he gave to the portal Vulture, Nick Bostrom admitted that he does not actually watched the Sci-Fi blockbuster, released in 1999, when preparing his article on a computer model of our reality. Can I call it a glitch the Matrix? No, says Bostrom.

According to him, his hypothesis of the simulation of our reality was the logical culmination of two things: his interest in the anthropic principle (explains from a scientific point of view, why the observable Universe is non-trivial relationships between fundamental physical parameters necessary for the existence of intelligent life), became in time the subject of his doctoral thesis and his thirst to know what is the potential impact on humanity in the future will have the technological development of our civilization.

“When you combine those two things, you become literally a step away from the hypothesis of simulation,” commented Bostrom Vulture.


At first glance, the simulation hypothesis of Bostrom doesn’t look as wild, which described the same bleak future in “the Matrix”. There are no oracles, kung fu, and time dilation is only the assumption that at least one of the following hypotheses about our future can be true:

Humanity will probably be extinct until reaching the Posthuman condition (the so-called era of tranhumanism)

According to Bostrom, transhumanism will come when people will be able to access and achieve almost all of the technological opportunities given the physical limitations of our Universe. It would also include technology that will create convincing computer model of reality similar to that which could make the hacker Neo to believe that he is a regular programmer named Thomas Anderson.

Once mankind has reached the era of transhumanism, but is “extremely unlikely” that it will be able to create a considerable variety of stimulation its history

If so, I would like to believe that it is only because we are too busy with the formation of intergalactic alliances or the opening of the eighth in the world of Jurassic Park.

We are “almost certainly” living in a computer simulation of the history of Posthuman civilization

Oddly enough, this statement is a mathematical argument. In the end, if humanity has already reached the stage of “Posthuman” and decided to create a computer simulation of its history, then these simulations should be. Moreover, among all of these models will only be only one “real” reality, and this, says Bostrom, makes it much more likely that we live in one of these “fakes”.


If our reality, as if to say, really real, then we still have a lot of time and possible paths for how and when to come to the age of the Posthuman (of course, if we ever reach – see first suggestion). However, this does not prevent people like Neil Degrasse Tyson and Elon Musk to show giperwolemicescoy Bostrom to the proposed hypothesis.

Moreover, rumor has it that some Western billionaires from the world of technoindustry pay the scientists, so they tried to “liberate us from the shackles of a computer simulation”. Bostrom this idea is not shared and says that everyone needs to calm down a little.

“It is extremely unwise to try to get rid of hypothetical computer simulation. The probability of success will be minimal. If this doesn’t work, will a regular waste huge piles of money, but if it works, it could be a disaster for all mankind. In this case, before you attempt to do this, it is best to sit down and think, and whether it will benefit,” says Bostrom.

It is clear to you, Silicon valley? Matrix is not going anywhere, so you better relax and eat Twix not try to force humanity to accept the red pill.